A Good Image with Bad Ethics
By: Annette Annette
09 December 20011
McDonald’s is the company that I have chosen to research on their ethical choices. McDonald’s Corporation has been growing and spreading internationally for the past three decades. Although McDonald’s seems convenient, cheap, and so called clean there are many negative aspects of the business. In addition to paying their employees low wages and negatively impacting other cultures, and they also use to allow animals to be beaten and abused before being killed. McDonald’s promotes its positive image and products with greasy fries and a clown named Ronald McDonald. The unethical practices of this large fast food corporation are known but it doesn’t seem to cause anyone to look the other way. I now have read many stories and articles about how unethical McDonald’s has been in the past. And thinking about these things now makes me sick that I ate there when I was younger but, I didn’t really know any better. But I know that most of the things I found that were unethical the McDonald’s Corporation has been trying to improve on. I guess the thing that really hit home was how McDonald’s has let their slaughter houses beat the animals and let them suffer before they would eventually die. (Source #4 and Source #5) I couldn’t believe that they would let such a thing happen. I am an animal lover and it just really blew my mind that nothing was done for a long length of time.
The first McDonald’s opened in 1948 in San Bernardino, California. In 1954 owners/founders Dick and Mac McDonald signed a franchise agreement with a man named Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was a malt machine salesman. Kroc later opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. By the year 1957 Kroc owned and operated 14 McDonald’s restaurants in Illinois, Indian, and California. In 1961 Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers for $2.7 million. In